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Sisters and interns: becoming a little bit of each other

By Cheryl Casselman | May 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

“There’s no way either one of us could go without being touched by the other after we’ve come in contact,” Sister Ruth explained. “We become a little bit them and they become a little bit us.”

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22 miles of yarn is squishy bit of heaven

By Alena Ruman | March 30, 2018 | 3 Comments

I really love yarn. Seriously, I REALY LOOOOOOOVE yarn. I love it so much that I have 155 different kinds and colors measuring 22 miles in my stash and I won’t even hesitate to acquire more.

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7 Experiences White Violet Center interns will likely corner

By Cheryl Casselman | March 2, 2018 | 3 Comments

The list of ways interns at White Violet Center for Eco-Justice can transform themselves and transform the world is long and it includes getting dirty. Check out this short list to see if you can relate.

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Growing passion for sustainable agriculture

By Olivia Charlton | February 20, 2018 | 2 Comments

When I first moved to White Violet Center for my internship, I was so nervous. I’ve never been away from home, and never lived with anyone other than my family. I’ve never lived or worked on a farm, never handled chickens or alpacas, and never met a nun. There were a lot of unknowns, but something drew me to the Woods.

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Breathing time on this organic farm

By Cheryl Casselman | January 24, 2018 | 3 Comments

The small organic farm at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods packs a big punch in the way of educational and service opportunities. In fact, that’s how Ann Testa came to White Violet Center for Eco-Justice. She was an intern and AmeriCorps volunteer before becoming a full-time staff member.
Now she’s training and working alongside interns and volunteers in the USDA certified organic gardens, alpaca pastures, fiber rooms, and kitchen.

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A more colorful existence as a fiber arts intern

By Hannah Goodno | January 23, 2018 | 3 Comments

Earlier last year, I decided to make a change in my life. As I told some people that I was quitting my job so I could go work on an alpaca farm for three months I got a lot of confused looks and many, many questions.

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Come with me

By Crystal Hart | January 5, 2018 | 3 Comments

With a dramatic outflung hand, Ann points at me and says, “Come with me.” Today it meant learning the arcane art of needle felting. Last week, “come with me” meant holding a chicken in my lap so Dave didn’t have to drive the big white pick-up truck and hold the chicken at the same time. I’m fairly sure he was joking. I hope.

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Thank you for making amazing experiences possible

By Cheryl Casselman | September 13, 2017 | 2 Comments

Thank you to all who support the Sisters of Providence so people from all over the world can have meaningful experiences at a USDA certified organic farm in Indiana. I stopped by the orchard and the garden yesterday to get a few pictures that might give you a glimpse of the day-to-day on the farm.

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Sustainable living: beyond the basics

By Cheryl Casselman | September 12, 2017 | 0 Comments

“Shop locally. Consider environment as a whole.” White Violet Center for Eco-Justice interns offer some practical tips.

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A little bit of Texas at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods

By Cheryl Casselman | August 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

Even though there aren’t as many Sisters of Providence educating in the classroom as previous decades, the sisters provide an exceptional outdoor classroom where interns are immersed in learning about sustainable agriculture at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana.
Today, Elaine Haby, of Hondo, Texas, completes her three-month internship at White Violet Center for Eco-Justice, a ministry of the Sisters of Providence.

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Final intern projects are from the heart

By Cheryl Casselman | August 9, 2017 | 2 Comments

Two interns at White Violet Center for Eco-Justice presented their final projects yesterday. Both projects came from the heart.

Internship opportunities can be anywhere from three months to 12 months and each intern completes a project of their choosing before they leave. Each project is as individual as each intern. They are always amazing and come with great stories of lessons learned.

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New White Violet Center internship program coordinator

By Cheryl Casselman | August 1, 2017 | 5 Comments

The new internship program coordinator at White Violet Center for Eco-Justice, a ministry of the Sisters of Providence, knows the ministry well.

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